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grand duke

the sovereign of a territory called a grand duchy, ranking next below a king.
a son of a czar or of a czar's son.
Origin of grand duke
Related forms
grand-ducal, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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Contemporary Examples
  • Alix and grand duke Nicholas of Russia fell in love, but parents on both sides forbade the match.

Historical Examples
  • “Good … not bad; very remarkable, anyhow,” said the grand duke judicially.

    Royal Highness Thomas Mann
  • Ah, the grand duke will come to the throne sooner than he expected.

    Vera Oscar Wilde
  • And the grand duke, changing his position, ended with a gracious motion of the hand, which encouraged the doctor to speak.

    Royal Highness Thomas Mann
  • “You are arrested by order of the grand duke,” was the reply.

    Olla Podrida Frederick Marryat (AKA Captain Marryat)
  • When the grand duke fell on the unwary Turks their defeat was complete.

  • I intend to be a patriot myself, and to kill the grand duke of Reisenburg.

    Vivian Grey Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
  • He read it aloud, encircled by a brilliant party, at a supper given by the grand duke of Hesse.

    Stanley's Adventures in the Wilds of Africa Joel Tyler Headley and William Fletcher Johnson
  • "I must go and talk with them, Vasili," said the grand duke quietly.

    The Vagrant Duke George Gibbs
  • It was his lively humorous personality the grand duke admired, not his representations.

    The Goose Girl Harold MacGrath
British Dictionary definitions for grand duke

grand duke

a prince or nobleman who rules a territory, state, or principality
a son or a male descendant in the male line of a Russian tsar
a medieval Russian prince who ruled over other princes
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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